Older Workers Struggling

This Channel 10 News Report may be 7 years old but is still very relevant today with unemployment announced last week in real terms at 20%. Yes 20%……….

Globalisation and workforce shifts have significantly changed the nature of demand for labour in Australia. This has resulted in the under-employment of older workers. This untapped talent needs to drive future innovation and improved productivity.

RRA is leading this challenge for our older workers by creating awareness within Australian businesses highlighting that older workers’ need to be considered as a valuable resource in contributing to an internationally competitive Australian economy.

To address this issue of untapped talent, RRA has devised a range of strategies including “Paid Corporate Internships” (Internships). Proactive businesses understand the value in working with interns to complete short-term assignments to boost productivity. Interns possess great work experience, have a mature work ethic and are high-calibre professionals who are seeking full employment.

“Internships” have the advantage in building workforce diversity and a multigenerational workforce more in line with your customer base. Ultimately, interns will become your brand ambassadors and will be a “ready pool” of proven talent available to your business.

To become involved (as a business or intern) in our “Paid Corporate Internships” (PCI’s) contact Tony Wiggins, Founder/President 0401 458 573

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Mature-Aged Worker Engagement

This is a great video on mature-age workers and how to engage them and still having them being productive?

Researchers Carol Kulik, Sanjeewa Perera, and Christina Cregan explain how management practices can engage mature-age workers. Many countries are increasing the age at which people can access retirement funding, encouraging mature-age workers to keep working. But if these mature-age workers lose motivation and disengage from their work, organisations pay a steep price in lost productivity. High performance and age-friendly management practices increase mature-age worker engagement by reducing concerns about age stereotypes. The researchers say “adopting the right management practices may be the key to ensuring that mature-age workers contribute to the organisation long past the traditional retirement age”.

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Tony Wiggins is the Founder of the Re-think Re-engage Australia committed to leading innovative workforce thinking to re-engage the untapped talent in the Queensland and Australian economy. His extensive experience and talent as a senior HR professional is highly sought after in developing forward thinking strategies to take Australia into the future global economy.

Age Against The Machine

cropped-think-big_charmain-solter1.jpgGreat article published in the Sunday Mail Brisbane on February 4 about “Age Against The Machine” and the EveryAGE Counts campaign that is aiming to transform the way society views and treats it older people.  Workplace discrimination will be highlighted as mature aged people (older workers) find it harder to get back into the workforce after losing their jobs.  Yet a 7% rise labour force participant by mature aged (older) workers could boost the economy by $25 billion a year by 2022 and double that by 2050.  It is all about changing attitudes not bringing in more laws. Age Against The Machine

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Tony Wiggins is the Founder of the Re-think Re-engage Australia committed to leading innovative workforce thinking to re-engage the untapped talent in the Queensland and Australian economy. His extensive experience and talent as a senior HR professional is highly sought after in developing forward thinking strategies to take Australia into the future global economy.

 

Showcasing the Value of Older Workers

 

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Older workers are coming back into fashion.

Older workers are able to work, looking to work, and no one to hire them. Older workers are not 60+, they are in their mid-40’s and upwards.

With the GFC, globalisation, structural and technical workforce change in Australia, the nature of demand for labour in Australia coupled with inflexibilities in the Australian labour market, large scale structural problems have occurred.

One of these structural problems is the “under-utilised of talent” and this is where older workers become part of the equation. Older workers and their talent should be utilised in the new disruption that is happening across the Australian economy to drive future innovation.

Older workers are depositories of tactic knowledge i.e. knowledge that is not captured in data or on computers. This is increasingly important in modern organisations where labour turnover in increasing. Older workers are a source of valuable life skills and company knowledge. They bring maturity and wisdom to business. It is the wisdom that companies need, to solve problems. Many of the problems that arise in organisations are through lack of experience and the confidence to deal with them. An older worker (with that valuable life skills and industry knowledge) can work on the problem in the background and put the problem to bed.

The average of Vita Needles workers is 74 years old and that’s no accident. The manufacturing company has intentionally hired seniors – a decision that has increased profits and benefitted older workers who often have a harder time finding a job.

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission is one of those proactive government agencies leading the way in recognising the untapped talent. In a recent job advertisement, they are seeking “(older) applicants that have taken a long-term break from the work force and are looking to return are strongly encouraged to apply.”

Re-think Re-engage Australia, a NFP organisation dedicated to re-engaging older workers back into the workforce, are looking to showcase organisations that have made a decision to re-engage older workers and highlight their success.

Contact Tony Wiggins 0401 458 573 to discuss how we can work in highlighting the skills and knowledge of our older workers in driving the productivity of the Australian economy.

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Tony Wiggins is the Founder of Re-think Re-engage Australia, a NFP organisation committed to leading innovative workforce thinking to re-engage the untapped talent of older workers in the Australian economy. His extensive experience and talent as a senior HR professional is highly sought after in developing forward thinking strategies to take Australia into the future global economy.

Older Workers Set to Boost the Growing Queensland Economy

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The Queensland economy will go through several dramatic changes in 2018 as it is set to gain momentum in continuing to grow, following relatively weak performance across the past three years.

According to global recruitment specialist Hays back in 2017, a key ingredient to this success will be the demand and supply for highly-skilled professionals who possess highly honed skills, extensive experience and [will be] technology savvy.

Regrettably, this workforce demand and supply trend will not only be confined to Queensland but will impact Western Australia and intensifying in New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT.

Welcome … to the age of uncertainty.

Never has it been harder for business, government and communities to develop innovative workforce strategies in our Australia’s multi-speed economy to become more flexible, responsive and find talented workers. But with these social and cultural challenges come fresh opportunities.

Re-think Re-engage Australia (RAA), a newly created Not-For-Profit organisation has heeded the call to action to re-engage older workers, address future talent shortages and unlock prosperity across Queensland and Australia.

The RRA will partner and work with business, government and the community will be coming together to work and help co-design an overarching talent engagement approach to engage older workers.

“An increase in overseas migrants may counter some demand, but not all,” Hays wrote.

RRA’s vision is to bring about real change in Australia’s mindset to re-think, re-engage and build a positive strategy for older workers to drive innovation in the Queensland and Australian economy.

There is a lot of talent out there if we can just stop putting older workers in the category of old, useless and unprepared for the new economy.

#older workers #job ageism #discrimination #justice #diversity #jobs

Author:

Tony Wiggins is the Founder of the Re-think Re-engage Australia committed to leading innovative workforce thinking to re-engage the untapped talent in the Queensland and Australian economy. His extensive experience and talent as a senior HR professional is highly sought after in developing forward thinking strategies to take Australia into the future global economy.